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A California man may spend the rest of his life behind bars for strangling his ex-girlfriend to death during a political argument.
Anthony Pimentel, 22, has accepted a 15-to-life sentence after pleading no contest to killing his ex-girlfriend Mariah Alyce Davis, 18, in 2018, The Mercury News reported this week. He was sentenced on Feb. 7, the Davis Vanguard reported.
Pimentel pleaded not guilty to killing Davis in both 2018 and 2019. But by January of this year, he changed his plea to no contest to one count of second-degree murder for the slaying that occurred near Lake Chabot — which is just southeast of Oakland — according to online court records.
Davis was reported missing on Sept. 26, 2018 and Pimentel denied any knowledge of her whereabouts before walked into the San Leandro police station on Oct. 1, 2018 and alleged confessed to killing her.
“I’m trying to confess to something, I need y’all to go find her,” the then-19-year-old told investigators, according to court records obtained by Mercury News. “I murdered my girlfriend.”
He allegedly told investigators that he and Davis had recently broken up and that, the day of the murder, the two has driven to a spot in the hills to talk about their rocky relationship. It was there that the two got into that “heated” political discussion, according to court records.
Pimentel claimed to police that Davis slapped him in the face before he "snapped" and strangled her to death.
“I watched her die, bro,” Pimentel allegedly told one of the investigators.
Davis’ relatives ripped into Pimentel before he was sentenced.
“You walked around town for days like nothing had happened after taking Mariah’s life,” one family member told Pimentel during victim impact statements in court earlier this month, the Davis Vanguard reports. “What kind of monster does that? How dare you.”
One of Pimentel’s former high school teachers also gave a statement in court, indicating that they felt a sense of responsibility for not doing something to halt his behavior earlier in life.
“I often think about how things would be different if he was held accountable earlier for his toxic masculinity and his uncontrollable temper,” that teacher said. “I was too scared to admit but I always knew that he was capable of it.”
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